By Bryan Hood and Craig Hubert | Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know that Art Basel Miami is all about “Art” with a capital “A,” but if you happen to like music (capital “M” not necessary), and come on, who doesn’t, it’s a good handful of days to be a fan. Whether you’re into Top 40 rap, challenging art rock, old school funk, or pretty much any other microgenre you can think of, there’s someone playing for you from Wednesday through Sunday. To save you some time though, here are the five shows, one for each night, that we think you’d be crazy to miss. Enjoy.
Rick Ross returns to his Dade County hometown with his Maybach Music clique – Meek Mill and Wale – for a show at the Fillmore Miami Beach. The “bawse” may seem an odd choice for Art Basel, but that’s only if you haven’t heard “All I Really Want,” the rapper’s ode to a special lady who “graduated from the school of arts” before she started “swimmin’ in the pool of sharks.”
Thurston Moore, the (possibly) former Sonic Youth singer, will perform as part of “KURT,” a multi-discipline exhibition inspired by the legacy of Kurt Cobain. The event also includes a short film by artist Adarsha Benjamin and a performance by choreographer (and “dance provocateur,” a thing we didn’t know existed) Ryan Heffington and musician Guy Blakeslee, inspired by Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video.
One of the newest indie buzz bands, at least as far as Pitchfork and Vice are concerned, the scrappy Tampa Bay-based Merchandise, are playing two nights during the festival. Friday night the trio brings it’s agreeable mixture of cascading guitars, blown-out drums, and deep-voiced cooing to Churchill’s Pub. They’ll be joined by Teepee, The Band in Heaven, and Lil Daggers.
Why settle for one band, when you can catch three noteworthy and different flavor of the month indie acts, along with countless other exciting up-coming groups and DJs? The list is too large to get into here, but you could do a lot worse than catching the ethereal Purity Ring, Peter Gabriel-obsessed Twin Shadow, and the unavoidably dancy Teengirl Fantasy.
It’s not a party till Dr. Funkenstein shows up. George Clinton will bring his band of merry freaks to Miami to drop some cosmic slop on the art world. Will Clinton break the “Mothership” out of the Smithsonian and descend on Art Basel? There’s only one way to find out.